Genesis 47:13-49:27New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 Now there was no [a]food in all the land, because the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine. 14 Joseph gathered all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan for the grain which they bought, and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house. 15 When the money was all spent in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph [b]and said, “Give us [c]food, for why should we die in your presence? For our money [d]is gone.” 16 Then Joseph said, “Give up your livestock, and I will give you food for your livestock, since your money [e]is gone.” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them [f]food in exchange for the horses and the [g]flocks and the herds and the donkeys; and he [h]fed them with [i]food in exchange for all their livestock [j]that year. 18 When that year was ended, they came to him the [k]next year and said to him, “We will not hide from my lord that our money is all spent, and the [l]cattle are my lord’s. There is nothing left [m]for my lord except our bodies and our lands. 19 Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for [n]food, and we and our land will be slaves to Pharaoh. So give us seed, that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.”
Result of the Famine
20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for [o]every Egyptian sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. Thus the land became Pharaoh’s. 21 As for the people, he removed them to the cities from one end of Egypt’s border to the other. 22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh, and they [p]lived off the allotment which Pharaoh gave them. Therefore, they did not sell their land. 23 Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have today bought you and your land for Pharaoh; now, here is seed for you, and you may sow the land. 24 [q]At the harvest you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and [r]four-fifths shall be your own for seed of the field and for your food and for those of your households and as food for your little ones.” 25 So they said, “You have saved our lives! Let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.” 26 Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt valid to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; only the land of the priests [s]did not become Pharaoh’s.
27 Now Israel [t]lived in the land of Egypt, in [u]Goshen, and they acquired property in it and were fruitful and became very numerous. 28 Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; so the [v]length of Jacob’s life was one hundred and forty-seven years.
29 When [w]the time for Israel to die drew near, he called his son Joseph and said to him, “Please, if I have found favor in your sight, place now your hand under my thigh and deal with me in kindness and [x]faithfulness. Please do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but when I lie down with my fathers, you shall carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place.” And he said, “I will do as you have said.” 31 He said, “Swear to me.” So he swore to him. Then Israel bowed in worship at the head of the bed.
Israel’s Last Days
48 Now it came about after these things that [y]Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is sick.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim with him. 2 When [z]it was told to Jacob, “Behold, your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel [aa]collected his strength and sat [ab]up in the bed. 3 Then Jacob said to Joseph, “[ac]God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, 4 and He said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and numerous, and I will make you a company of peoples, and will give this land to your [ad]descendants after you for an everlasting possession.’ 5 Now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are. 6 But your offspring that [ae]have been born after them shall be yours; they shall be called by the [af]names of their brothers in their inheritance. 7 Now as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died, [ag]to my sorrow, in the land of Canaan on the journey, when there was still some distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”
8 When Israel saw Joseph’s sons, he said, “Who are these?” 9 Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me here.” So he said, “Bring them to me, please, that I may bless them.” 10 Now the eyes of Israel were so dim from age that he could not see. Then [ah]Joseph brought them close to him, and he kissed them and embraced them. 11 Israel said to Joseph, “I never [ai]expected to see your face, and behold, God has let me see your [aj]children as well.” 12 Then Joseph [ak]took them from his knees, and bowed with his face to the ground. 13 Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right, and brought them close to him. 14 But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, [al]crossing his hands, [am]although Manasseh was the firstborn. 15 He blessed Joseph, and said,
“The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
17 When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him; and he grasped his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand on his head.” 19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his [aq]descendants shall become a [ar]multitude of nations.” 20 He blessed them that day, saying,
“By you Israel will pronounce blessing, saying,
Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh. 21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you, and bring you back to the land of your fathers. 22 I give you one [as]portion more than your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.”
Israel’s Prophecy concerning His Sons
49 Then Jacob summoned his sons and said, “Assemble yourselves that I may tell you what will befall you in the [at]days to come.
2 “Gather together and hear, O sons of Jacob;
3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn;
5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers;
8 “Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
13 “Zebulun will dwell at the seashore;
14 “Issachar is [bi]a strong donkey,
16 “Dan shall judge his people,
21 “Naphtali is a doe let loose,
22 “Joseph is a fruitful [bp]bough,
27 “Benjamin is a [bx]ravenous wolf;
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